Forensic Facial Identification MSc

  • For Entry: September
  • UCAS Code: P046677
  • Duration: 1 year
  • College: Art, Science & Engineering
  • School: Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification

Forensic facial identification includes the recognition of victims of crime, missing persons or human remains, and may facilitate the identification, apprehension or conviction of criminals.

This highly innovative one-year taught Masters course will encompass all fields of facial identification.

Why study Forensic Facial Identification at Dundee?

The ability to establish identity is pertinent not only to medico-legal investigations concerning the deceased or missing, but also in the verification of the living. Facial recognition is one of the oldest methods of identification and with recent technological advances there are increased opportunities, applications and social impact for this field.

Here at Dundee, you will be taught by highly specialised tutors from scientific backgrounds together with experienced forensic practitioners.

Staff at the Centre have national and international reputations in forensic anthropology, and several have practical experience of working in conflict zones including Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Iraq. Our staff is regularly contacted for advice and input in identification cases both at home and abroad

What's so good about studying Forensic Facial Identification at Dundee?

You will benefit from the facilities of the Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification (CAHID), including newly-refurbished laboratories, a dedicated library and access to human material in a modern medical science environment.

The Centre was awarded a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in November 2013. Presented in recognition of 'world class excellence', the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are among the most highly-regarded awards for the UK’s universities and colleges.

Who should study this course?

The MSc course provides professional vocational training to underpin your first degree, before entering employment at the leading edge of the forensic disciplines. The programme should also appeal to science graduates interested in the biometric, anthropology, CCTV analysis and facial recognition fields.

Students will share joint modules with the MSc Forensic Art students with different examination and assessment processes. Students may carry out their semester three Dissertation module either at the University or from a working environment or placement.

The course is delivered using traditional methods including lectures, practical studio sessions and small group discussions with an encouragement into debate and theoretical solutions to current problems.

Semester 1 (60 credits)

  • Anatomy - Head and Neck
  • Computer Face Models
  • Research Methods
  • Facial Analysis and Imaging

Semester 2 (60 credits)

  • Medico-legal Ethics
  • Identification of the Dead
  • Identification of the Living

Semester 3 (60 credits) - dissertation resulting from a research project undertaken either at the University or as a placement.

On successful completion of Semesters 1 and 2 there is an exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Art.

Methods of assessment include written examinations, spot tests, practical assessments, presentation and communication assessments and image portfolio assessment.

The programme should also appeal to science graduates interested in the biometric, anthropology, CCTV analysis and facial recognition fields. Possible career options for graduates would include postgraduate researcher, facial identification professional, biometrics operator, forensic surveillance and image analyst.

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee categoryFees for students starting September 2015
Scottish students Fee to be confirmed for 2015/16.
Rest of UK students Fee to be confirmed for 2015/16.
EU students Fee to be confirmed for 2015/16.
Overseas students (non-EU) £15,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

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